DaddiesSecret From Niue, joined Sep 2005, 270 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2400 times:
If I had my wish...
No political party should be allowed to accept donations from Corporations, Pressure Groups, Trades Unions or Churches. Only private individuals should be allowed to donate and only up to about 2000 $/euros ....
No politician should be allowed to sit on the board of directors of any Corporation until 10 years after they have left politics.
DLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3641 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2394 times:
My first suggestion would be to administer an IQ test to all potential voters, with only those having an IQ of at least 110 being permitted to cast a vote. That would go a long way toward removing the "lowest common denominator" campaign tactics and perhaps force the canidates to address issues more forthrightly.
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6489 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2335 times:
In America, I'd like to get rid of the electoral college and make it a purely popular vote. This isn't because I am Republican or Democrat, but because I feel it's a truly useless system.
Also, instead of a supreme court to determine what constitutional law dictates, put it to a popular vote as well...be it death penalty, abortion, or calling a tomato a fruit (yes, there WAS a supreme court case about that)
Lentigomaligna From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2331 times:
Quoting SW733 (Reply 10): Also, instead of a supreme court to determine what constitutional law dictates, put it to a popular vote as well...be it death penalty, abortion, or calling a tomato a fruit (yes, there WAS a supreme court case about that)
That politicizes judgment, something the Supreme Court has been selectively created to eliminate. What's constitutional shouldn't be what's popular. Tyrrany of the majority and effectively changing the constitution based on a popular whim would reign. Plus, there'd be so many cases that the populace would surely be uninformed. You need legal authorities that aren't subject to politics to be a supreme court. In my opinion the Supreme Court is the best institution in the U.S. and the last one to be changed.
BTW... I would add questioning of the President by the Congress à la British Parliament.
B744F From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2320 times:
The Supreme Court needs to be much less political and the views of the judges who are up for the appointment process need to be way more open about said views. The Supreme Court has only recently, starting with Earl Warren, become more of the court it should be. Before that, they scrambled to uphold every evil they could twist the law to support
QANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2313 times:
Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 2): That would go a long way toward removing the "lowest common denominator" campaign tactics and perhaps force the canidates to address issues more forthrightly.
..not to mention that it would institute and elitist class system and ensure a lack of full and proper representation.
For my country - I would institute a democratic, federal Republic. I believe that the only person who should have the power to make extremely significant constitutional decisions is the person with the greatest mandate in the land, and that can only be a President elected by the majority of Australians. Simple.
Ok, it is of my opinion that it is time for some serious election reform in this country. I don't believe we have had a truly and fully free election in a while. There is enough corruption and piss poor election legislation that we are suffering on both sides. I even believe that this should be THE most important thing our country is looking at because as long as we don't have free elections, our citizens suffer and so does our government.
Here's what I feel needs to be done.
1. Voting must have a paper trail. There should be no such thing as an electric voting machine without a paper trail. Without a paper trail, there is no way to investigate corruption or voter fraud.
2. Seriously limit campaign contributions from individuals, PACs, and corporations. The hand that they have in our government is sickening, and I feel its gotten to a point where its dictating our legislation.
3. Eliminate the electoral college. The presidential election is a national election, not a state or local one. The electoral college causes politicians to focus only on certain states and basically makes states that are solid red or blue states throw away states. If you are a voter in the minority in that state, your vote is wasted. The winner should be simply whoever has the highest popular vote.
4. Eliminate the caucus system. Along with getting rid of the electoral college, getting rid of this will simplify the election and take the pressure off politicans to win certain states for their party's nomination. Once again, I feel this system causes the majority of states to be ignored, and that is a travesty.
5. Introduce instant runoff voting (IRV). Instnat runoff voting allows voters to rank their choices of candidates. If no candidate emerges with a majority, the lowest vote-getter is dropped, and the second choices of his or her voters are assigned to the appropriate candidates. This continues until there's a majority winner. IRV not only eliminates the need for seperate runoff elections (which are also suspect to corruption), but forces candidates to endorse others so they can get their second-choice votes. I feel this will help put a kink in the two party system which is strangling our government.
6. Make any sort of voter fraud or voter corruption a serious felony with jail time a minimum. No probation, but instant jail time. This is our voter rights, the very foundation of our democracy, and when they are tampered with that is very serious.
Its about time that we demand free and fair elections. The people of the United States literally own our government and country. Our tax dollars pay for everything that our country does. Sadly I see it slipping away to the politicians and corporations and leaving the hands of the people. The government is by us and for us, not for the politicians. Its time we got our rights as citizens.
Ok, I posted my thoughts in another thread a whlie back about my thoughtts on election reform, and here's where I think we could use some serious reform.
Campaign financing is a nice way of saying bribery. In my eyes, that's all it is. As citizens, our votes don't count anymore in my opinion. Why would I say that you ask? Our representatives don't represent us anymore, they only represent private and corporate interests. And this isn't the first time it's happened either, President Mckinley was a representative of the corporations, just read up on Mark Hanna. Karl Rove claims in his book that he models himself off Hanna.
So how do I see the political system? We may have our voice in the voting booth, but its corporations and private interests that have the say through campaign contributions. Sadly the way in this country has been that if you have more money, you have a greater voice. I always thought that this democracy should be an equal voice for every citizen, not a greater voice for the richer citizens. Our representatives say one thing during elections, and then go an pander to special interests in congress. Its not right, in fact it absolutely infuriates me. I feel like my vote means nothing. Republican or Democrat, this is a serious problem.
So how can this be solved? I've been reading up on what's called "Clean Elections". What this means is the following:
"Under a Clean Elections system, candidates hoping to receive public financing must collect a certain number of small "qualifying contributions" (often as little as $5) from registered voters. In return, they are paid a flat sum by the government to run their campaign, and agree not to raise money from private sources. Clean Elections candidates who are outspent by privately-funded opponents may receive additional public matching funds.
Because the system is voluntary, it appears not to run afoul of the United States Supreme Court's Buckley v. Valeo decision, which struck down mandatory spending limits as an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.
I think this is a brilliant system. It eliminates coroporate interests in elections and forces our representatives to genuinely listen to us, not just put forward this farce that they are. What kind of democracy are we when corporations and private groups have a stronger voice than the average citizen?
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2268 times:
Easy. Only I may vote. I declare myself Benevolent Despot For Life, 100% income tax rate for any personal income over EUR1,000,000 per year, 100% corporation tax for profits in excess of 10% of gross revenues per year, all paid to me personally (cf. King of Saudi Arabia). I will then decide what to spend it on (I think a private 744 would be my first purchase, just like him !).
Texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4319 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2216 times:
Quoting Tbar220 (Reply 21): 1. Voting must have a paper trail. There should be no such thing as an electric voting machine without a paper trail. Without a paper trail, there is no way to investigate corruption or voter fraud.
Quoting Tbar220 (Reply 21): 2. Seriously limit campaign contributions from individuals, PACs, and corporations. The hand that they have in our government is sickening, and I feel its gotten to a point where its dictating our legislation.
Carry it even further to complete public financing of elections. Candidates may only spend the amount allotted to them by the government.
Quoting Tbar220 (Reply 21): 6. Make any sort of voter fraud or voter corruption a serious felony with jail time a minimum. No probation, but instant jail time. This is our voter rights, the very foundation of our democracy, and when they are tampered with that is very serious.
We also do not have to necessarily get rid of the electoral college. Just adapt it to do a percentage representation.
A large part of the problem lies in political parties. People start leeching onto their ideas and beliefs and pretty soon they can no longer think on their own. If we had candidates, publicly financed, who spoke what they actually believed and we were to elect those people, the landscape of the country would look much different and, in my opinion, much improved.
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
Maybe in Canada but here in Portugal we hardly get any referendums, and when we do politicians moan endlessly about it. Parliamentarians seem to think they have a divine mandate when most people are actually electing a Prime Minister, not them.
If it works in Switzerland there is no reason it cannot work in other democracies.
Read this very carefully, I shall write this only once!